Webinar: Panel discussion – Virtual asset regulatory developments and highlights from Hong Kong and Singapore Fintech Week

Both the Hong Kong and Singapore regulators have announced further developments and guidance in relation to the regulation of virtual asset (VA)-related products and services. Hong Kong is proposing to recalibrate its existing legal and regulatory regimes to enable greater access to VA by retail investors, while Singapore has launched consultations on stablecoin-related activities and digital payment token services. Read more

Retail access for virtual assets – risky business or radical open-mindedness?

Hong Kong’s Fintech Week 2022 began with a crypto-infused bang with keynote speeches from the Government and financial regulators embracing the financial innovation made possible by virtual assets (VAs). Recognising that VAs are here to stay, Hong Kong has proposed to recalibrate the existing legal and regulatory regimes, with a focus on enabling greater access by retail investors to VA-related products and services while mitigating attendant risk. We also anticipate developments in the near future around the property rights of tokenised assets and stablecoins. Read more

Webinar: Panel discussion – New Hong Kong licensing regime for VASPs

The new licensing regime for virtual asset service providers (VASPs) will significantly impact the virtual asset industry in Hong Kong. Once in force, any person who seeks to carry on a business of providing a virtual asset service (currently limited to operating a virtual asset exchange) will be required to apply to the SFC for a licence.  On Tuesday, 23 August 2022 from 1pm to 2pm (Hong Kong/Singapore time), our Asia Financial Services Regulatory Partners, Hannah Cassidy and Natalie Curtis, will be joined by Prosynergy Consulting Limited’s Managing Director, Louie Lee, ARTA TechFin Corporation Limited’s CEO (Blockchain Finance), Simon Au Yeung, and MaiCapital Limited's Managing Partner, Marco Lim, to discuss the new VASP licensing regime. Read more

China’s green finance – key recent developments

“Green finance” is quickly gaining momentum in China. The rise of green finance was at first driven by environmental goals when the concept of “ecological civilisation” was brought up, and more recently by China’s objectives to achieve the peak of carbon emissions by 2030 and carbon neutrality (or more precisely, net-zero of all six types of greenhouse gas emissions) by 2060, the so-called “Dual Carbon goals”. Read more

Operational Resilience: What’s next?

We have updated our Operational Resilience timeline to include key recent developments from the UK, EU, Hong Kong, Singapore, Australia and international standard setting bodies.  Operational resilience is the ability to 'prevent, adapt, respond to, recover and learn from operational disruptions'. Read more

Hong Kong Stock Exchange and SFC announce rule amendments to reflect new conduct requirements for bookbuilding and placing activities to be implemented on 5 August 2022

The Hong Kong Stock Exchange has recently published an information paper setting out amendments to the Listing Rules which dovetail with the Securities and Futures Commission (SFC)’s new code of conduct provisions for intermediaries carrying out bookbuilding and placing activities in equity and debt capital market transactions. Read more